A Jet Blue flight attendant, lost it, cussed out the plane and slid down the emergency shoot.
On Monday, on the tarmac at Kennedy International Airport, a JetBlue attendant named Steven Slater decided he had had enough, the authorities said.
After a dispute with a passenger who stood to fetch luggage too soon on a full flight just in from Pittsburgh, Mr. Slater, 38 and a career flight attendant, got on the public-address intercom and let loose a string of invective.
Then, the authorities said, he pulled the lever that activates the emergency-evacuation chute and slid down, making a dramatic exit not only from the plane but, one imagines, also from his airline career.
On his way out the door, he paused to grab a beer from the beverage cart. Then he ran to the employee parking lot and drove off, the authorities said.
How many are saying good for him? It's well documented pilots, airline flight attendants have been squeezed to death on wages. Frontline's documentary flying cheap is way beyond a fed up flight attendant, literally safety is on the line.
But who can blame a flight attendant going off on yet another rude passenger, or vice-versa.
While they cart the flipped out flight attendant off to jail, who thinks America, in general is about to blow? If only there was an escape shoot off this worker abuse bus for everyone.